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November 9, 2015

6 secrets to capturing authentic portraits of your children


Happy Monday Morning Friends!

I can’t say it enough how much I appreciate having this blog back!  It really does feel good because no matter how many times I may feel like I’m just writing and possibly only my own momma might read it (Thanks mom!!!!) it still feels like a good old conversation I get to have with friends and family!

I missed it and sometimes you just need that:  to miss something in order to appreciate it!

Our little family has been up to LOTS since I last blogged!  We took a trip to Disney (which was AMAZING)!  We spent two whole weeks there and it was super hard to come home, I will be honest!  The weather and the magic and just the quality time spent one on one with my two boys… my heart was so full!

I have an entire post dedicated just to our time in Disney and spent with friends in Celebration coming later this week!  There are a lot of things that I learned taking a 3 year old to such a magical place… tips and tricks for those of you that are planning to go soon! 😉

We came home just in time to spend Halloween trick or treating with neighbors and friends.

The week was full with the launch of the new website and so this weekend we really just spent time unwinding from all a crazy October!

I’m really trying hard to keep up with my 365 Everyday project!  It’s hard to remember to capture memories for yourself: especially every day when life is just happening!

It’s almost like remembering to take a moment to breathe and soak it all in.  As momma’s we are soo busy with all the tasks and roles that need to be accomplished  during the day.  We always tell ourselves that we need to slow down and stop for a moment to really SEE what’s going on. Having a chance to do that or taking an opportunity… sometimes that’s just hard to do and I think we can all admit that!

This project is helping me to do that just that.  It’s helping me appreciate ALL my moments and realize that there truly is magic in even the smallest and seemingly mundane chores!

While I’m totally honest:  I’m NOT that great yet at remembering to actually DO this every day, I think it’ something that ALL momma’s should participate in whether you use your big fancy camera like I”m trying to do or you just use your i-phone!  I think keeping any camera out and available the biggest tip I can offer!

I plan to put these into an album at the end of the year as a reward to showcase how we truly lived our lives.. real, honest and complete!

So here’s to starting over for me (if you want to join in!) I’ll be posting I think every Monday or so.  I wish I could promise I will do so, but to be fair, I might not!  Life happens right?!

The project is 365 days and you just take a picture every day to represent your life!  There’s no real rules which is the BEST!  It just helps you to document your honest and true life.  I have found that it helps me with my own creativity and truly seeing the beauty in the chaos!

So.. if you want to join in with me here is my Week/Weekend 1:

Day 1:  Mini Portraits

Day 2:  Holiday Reading Material

I think what I love the best about this project is that it’s helping me to remember that especially as a photographer it’s not always about the “perfect picture!”

I can LOVE an image that isn’t technically correct!  I can showcase an image and put it in a frame if it’s blurry, if it’s off centered if it’s noisy!  As long as an image is meaningful to you and it creates an emotion:  YOU HAVE DONE YOUR JOB!  Who cares if it’s perfect!

SHOW THAT IMAGE OFF AND BE PROUD OF IT!  Screw the rules!  (Especially when it comes to our children!)

Children are quick and fast and they don’t stand still!  If we are truly representing life the way it is in the moment… perfection might not be the way to show it the best!

This project is helping me to really live my real is better than perfect!

I would love for you to have the same!

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